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    Weekend grilling

    I want to grill a great burger this weekend. Any can't miss suggestions?



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Make sure you have enough gas for your grill before you start.

    Sounds like a dumb and obvious suggestion ..... it's not

    Cooking tips - sorry, I'm a straight forward cheeseburger kind of guy.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Not a suggestion, but a lament:

    My grill is out of commission right now, because a squirrel chewed through the hose from the burners to the propane tank.

    If I catch him, I'm having grilled squirrel.


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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    I want to grill a great burger this weekend. Any can't miss suggestions?
    This is going to sound pretty simple, but use good fresh meat (from a butcher if you have one in your area) and don't overcook. You can add seasoning, cheese, or anything else you want but I find the most important thing to cooking a good burger is to not overcook.

    I find that making the patties thinner helps get even cooking throughout the meat and avoids overcooking the thin spots while barely getting the thicker spots done.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    From Alton Brown (Food Network show "Good Eats"):

    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    Mix that with 1 pound of whatever ground meat you prefer. It's pretty simple, but mighty tasty.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    I usually get ground beef, then mix in some diced onion, diced garlic (or garlic powder), and worchestershire sauce. Makes a great burger, flavor throughout.

    Of course, I also like chunky peanut butter on my burgers.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Only suggestion: don't use gas.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Lawry's Seasoning Salt and pepper.


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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    I want to grill a great burger this weekend. Any can't miss suggestions?
    Have plenty of beer.


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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    From Alton Brown (Food Network show "Good Eats"):

    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    Mix that with 1 pound of whatever ground meat you prefer. It's pretty simple, but mighty tasty.
    I would second all that. Salt does wonders, and the garlin and oninon add a lot of flavor.

    Here's a side tip. Mesh the meat with some eggs(non cooked), it helps with the juiciness. Bread crumbs do well too, but then I think the burger tastes too much like bread. I also spray some liquid butter over the top of to help as well.


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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    I usually get ground beef, then mix in some diced onion, diced garlic (or garlic powder), and worchestershire sauce. Makes a great burger, flavor throughout.

    Of course, I also like chunky peanut butter on my burgers.
    Good God man. My dog likes that too, but not on his burgers. It's OK, you know, because it's my dog.


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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarchitect7 View Post
    I would second all that. Salt does wonders, and the garlin and oninon add a lot of flavor.

    Here's a side tip. Mesh the meat with some eggs(non cooked), it helps with the juiciness. Bread crumbs do well too, but then I think the burger tastes too much like bread. I also spray some liquid butter over the top of to help as well.
    That's called a meatloaf burger. Really good.


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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by sunset View Post
    This is going to sound pretty simple, but use good fresh meat (from a butcher if you have one in your area) and don't overcook. You can add seasoning, cheese, or anything else you want but I find the most important thing to cooking a good burger is to not overcook.

    I find that making the patties thinner helps get even cooking throughout the meat and avoids overcooking the thin spots while barely getting the thicker spots done.
    And NEVER press the burgers down with a spatula while cooking. All you do is squeeze out the juices, leaving a rather dry burger.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    And NEVER press the burgers down with a spatula while cooking. All you do is squeeze out the juices, leaving a rather dry burger.
    Yes, very important.



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    Re: Weekend grilling

    I like to occasionally make them with chili powder. Worcestershire is always a can't miss though.



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